New webpage directs attention to endocrine disrupting chemicals within the EU

Published 02-06-2020

A new webpage presenting lists of identified and potential endocrine disruptors (EDs) within the EU is launched by a joint initiative between member states of the EU. The webpage is hosted by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and supported by national authorities in Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Over the last decades, substances with endocrine disrupting properties have become a serious concern among politicians, scientists and in the civil society. For several years, Denmark has been internationally proactive in the matter of increasing knowledge of issues related to EDs in order to ensure a high level of protection to human health and the environment by regulation of these substances.

The aim of this webpage is to primarily inform stakeholders about the current status of substances identified as EDs, or under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties within the EU. The lists of (potential) EDs are compiled from existing sources in order to accelerate the further identification and regulation of EDs in the EU and avoid duplication of work and inconsistencies in assessment of substances across legislations. Compiled EU lists of EDs have not been available until today.

The webpage provides one list containing substances identified as EDs at EU level (List I) and another list containing substances under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties under an EU legislation (List II).

Additionally, the webpage provides a third list that contains substances considered as EDs at the national level in one of the participating Member States (List III). At the time of launching, the Danish Environmental Agency has included nine substances on List III based on the outcome of a report identifying potential EDs published by the Danish Centre on Endocrine Disruptors (CeHoS) in 2018.

The intention of compiling this information is to improve knowledge about EDs, increase transparency, coherence and consistency, as well as coordination across legislative areas. It is also possible that identification and regulation of additional EDs may be facilitated by this single repository of information.

The webpage is accessible via http://www.edlists.org/